CHM Resources

Please feel free to learn more about the College of Human Medicine and what we look for in medical school applicants. Evaluating your application as it compares to the qualities we look for in a competitive applicant should help you decide if MSU is a right fit.

The Office of Admissions advises that potential applicants become familiar with the college and its mission. A major focus of our mission is to educate physicians interested in working with underserved populations (rural, inner city), particularly within Michigan.

Successful applicants bring a range of experiences and interests to the College of Human Medicine. A successful applicant typically demonstrates a passion for medicine through community service and clinical experience. Personal characteristics consistent with the college's values are assessed via activity descriptions, application essays, letters of recommendation, and interviews.

Our Advisory Resources will help you become familiar with what we look for in an applicant and assist you in assessing how well our college fits with your medical career goals.

Entering Class Profiles

In addition to GPA and MCAT scores, the college evaluates a number of nonacademic factors. The following are class profiles for our most recent matriculating classes at the MSU College of Human Medicine:

  • 2020 Entering Class Profile

    Average Age 24, range 20-43

    53% Women, 47% Men

    80% Michigan residents

    60% Disadvantaged Background

    24% Rural Background

    19% Medically underrepresented minorities

    155 BS degrees, 27 BA degrees (4 double degrees)

    29 Master's degrees

    1 Doctorate degree (JD)

  • 2019 Entering Class Profile

    Average Age 25, range 19-46

    55% Women, 45% Men

    74% Michigan residents

    56% Disadvantaged Background

    25% Rural Background

    49% Race/ethnicity other than white

    28% Medically underrepresented minorities

    154 BS degrees, 40 BA degrees (10 double degrees)

    33 Master's degrees

    1 Doctorate degree (JD)

  • 2018 Entering Class profile

    Average Age 24, range 20-39

    60% Women, 40% Men

    71% Michigan residents

    62% Disadvantaged Background

    34% Underserved Background

    20% Rural Background

    52% Race/ethnicity other than white

    30% Medically underrepresented minorities

    162 BS degrees, 34 BA degrees (5 double degrees)

    32 Master's degrees

    2 Doctorate degrees

  • 2017 Entering Class Profile
    Average Age 24, range 21-40

    55% Women, 45% Men

    76% Michigan residents

    46% Disadvantaged Background

    29% Underserved Background

    25% Rural Background

    41% Race/ethnicity other than White

    30% Medically underrepresented minorities

    154 BS degrees, 44 BA degrees (10 double degrees)

    24 Master's degrees

    2 Doctorate degrees (PhD, PharmD)
  • 2016 Entering Class Profile
    Average Age 24, range 21-49

    58% Women, 42% Men

    86% Michigan residents

    47% Disadvantaged Background

    24% Underserved Background

    15% Rural Background

    41% Race/ethnicity other than White

    24% Medically underrepresented minorities

    141 BS degrees, 30 BA degrees (5 double degrees)

    23 Master's degrees

    4 Doctorate degrees (PhD, DPT, PharmD)

Making An Impact Across The State

As a community-based medical school, what makes the College of Human Medicine unique is that the college's footprint spans the entire state of Michigan. With seven Community Campuses serving as main hubs of the college, clincal partnerships extend our reach to over 50 inpatient institutions with more than 11,000 hospital beds, 350,000 admissions per year, and the associated outpatient activity.

With that come some notable statistics and recognitions:

  • The College of Human Medicine ranked sixth in the nationwide study, The Social Mission of Medical Education: Ranking the Schools, which compared medical school statistics for doctors who are minorities, practice primary care, and work in underserved areas
  • A record 368 College of Human Medicine faculty were named to the Best Doctors in America list in 2012
  • Six College of Human Medicine medical school teaching hospitals ranked in the top 5% in the nation
  • The College of Human Medicine sponsors or is affiliated with 59 graduate medical education programs and 872 residents
  • The college has nearly 600 full-time faculty in its clinical and basic science departments and community campuses for our over 800 students. More than 3300 adjunct faculty provide students and residents with training in the specialties through traditional teaching, hospital rounds, and clinical participation
  • The College of Human Medicine was chosen as one of the pilot schools to study the best curricular and assessment strategies around thirteen Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residents, a new initiative of the AAMC aimed at best preparing medical school graduates for the first day of residency

Our Twist on Medical Education Has Always Meant Embracing Innovation

Throughout a student's four years at the college, they are in communities similar to those in which most physicians work, gaining valuable practical experience for their future careers. While in these communities, students receive clinical training in both ambulatory and hospital settings. 

The curriculum for the first two years of medical school is delivered at either the East Lansing or Grand Rapids community campus. The East Lansing campus is located at one of the largest and most diverse universities in the country, Michigan State University. The Grand Rapids campus is based at the Secchia Center, located in the rapidly expanding health sciences corridor in downtown Grand Rapids.

Students then spend their next two years at one of our community campuses: Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Midland Regional, Traverse City, Southeast Michigan or the Upper Peninsula Region. This assures students have an opportunity to customize their education with a variety of skills and experiences that few like the College of Human Medicine can offer.